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Renewable energy being installed at a community in the Northern Territory. Researchers have predicted Australia’s emissions are set to fall, but warn the renewables deployment rate must continue. Lucy Hughes-Jones/AAP

Some good news for a change: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are set to fall

Australia's renewables revolution proves that there's cause for hope in our emissions reduction goals. But we cannot rest on our laurels.
Research into low-carbon planes is underway, but we won’t see electric long-haul flights any time soon. DENIS BALIBOUSE / POOL

Climate explained: why don’t we have electric aircraft?

Unlike a car, you can't just stick a battery-powered engine in a plane and expect it to fly. Despite that, small planes might be the future of electric flight.
Increasing heat in Sydney and other Australian cities highlights the urgent need to apply our knowledge of how to create liveable low-carbon cities. Taras Vyshnya/Shutterstock

We have the blueprint for liveable, low-carbon cities. We just need to use it

The research has been done. The evidence is in. We know how to create cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable. But we have yet to apply that knowledge widely across Australian cities.
Artist Albert Robida imagined in 1882 how air travel might look in future. Everett Historical/Shutterstock

How will we travel the world in 2050?

More than a century since humans learned to fly, we need to revolutionise how we stay up there.

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